Tabby Kitten Goes for Accidental 20-Mile Joyride

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on November 25, 2019

Sometimes cats are too curious for their own good. Milo the kitten learned this the hard way when he became an accidental stowaway beneath his mom’s car.


Jessica Mosher, Milo’s mom, had discovered the tabby kitten missing before going to work one morning and she posted to Facebook, asking for help in locating him.

Joy Buckley Bylsma/Facebook

Worried but out of time, Jessica and her daughter loaded up for the long drive to daycare and work.

The family resides is Payson, UT, but Jessica makes a daily drive to Orem for work. The drive is 22 miles via I-15 and clocks at an average of 25 minutes.  Unbeknownst to Jessica, Milo was under her car.

“Apparently he climbed up underneath my car, drove with me to Spanish Fork to drop my daughter off at daycare, drove with me to Orem at my work, stayed under my car the whole time,” she told Fox13.


The map illustrates where Milo’s adventure began in Payson.


Next, Jessica made the daycare drop off with Milo still under the car.


Then, the pair arrived at work.

But, Milo’s adventure didn’t end there.

One Car to Another for the Next Leg of Journey

Milo ventured out from beneath Jessica’s car and took up hiding beneath a different one.

The car belonged to Jessica’s worker, Joy Bylsma. Neither of the ladies had any clue about the tabby kitten. So, like any other normal afternoon, Joy hopped in her car after work and drove to her second job. Which, lucky for Milo, was at The Corner Bakery Café also located in Orem, UT.

Her shift over around 11 p.m., Joy headed out to car to go home and got a surprise.

“This little kitten comes out from underneath my car,” reported Joy.


Not knowing what else to do, Joy took the kitten home and turned to Facebook for help. “This sweet, obviously well-loved, collar-with-a bell-wearing kitten seemed so out of place!” wrote Joy in an update on Facebook.

As Fate would have it, Jessica had also posted on Facebook with a plea for her missing kitten.


“Everyone else is like, ‘It’s just a cat, it’s not a big deal,’ and I’m like, ‘It’s my baby,” said Jessica.


When Joy saw the pictures of Jessica’s fur baby, she knew whose kitten she’d found.

Joy Buckley Bylsma/Facebook

Near midnight, Joy texted the unbelievable news to Jessica.

Within minutes, her phone rang, a disbelieving Jessica on the other end. “She calls me hysterical,” Joy recalled, “Like, ‘You’re lying, you don’t have my kitten. How would you have my kitten?'”

Together, they pieced together the mystery of Milo’s journey.

Jessica and Milo were happily reunited and Milo’s tale of adventure teaches cat lovers a lesson never to be forgotten… Cats are stealthy survivors by nature and can turn up where least expected.

H/T and Feature image: Fox13 Salt Lake City